Top things to do

Top Choice Church in Granada

Convento y Museo San Francisco

One of the oldest churches in Central America and the most striking building in Granada, Iglesia San Francisco boasts a robin's egg-blue birthday-cake facade and houses both an important convent and one of the best …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Granada

The Garden Shop

A fantastic new addition to the popular Garden Café, this sustainably minded boutique offers crafts, jewelry, clothing and artwork produced through NGOs and fair-trade organizations throughout Nicaragua. Artisans fr…
Top Choice Museum in Granada

Museo de Chocolate

Granada's new chocolate museum is excellent if you're traveling with children: the 'beans to bar' chocolate workshop, where participants learn to roast and grind cocoa beans, and mold their very own Nicaraguan choco…
Arts & Crafts in Granada

Doña Elba Cigars

If you aren’t heading to Estelí this trip, stop here for a cognac-cured taste of Nicaragua and a peek at the cigar-manufacturing process. You can even practice rolling a cigar.
Church in Granada

Iglesia La Merced

Perhaps the most beautiful church in the city, this landmark was built in 1534. Most come here for the spectacular views from the bell tower – especially picturesque at sunset.
Notable Building in Granada

Casa de los Leones & Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos

Founded in 1986 by Ernesto Cardenal, the Fundación Casa de los Tres Mundos moved to elegant 1720 Casa de los Leones in 1992. At the entrance, a board lists special events: poetry readings, classical ballet, folklori…
Steak in Granada

El Zaguán

Scoring consistent props for the best steak in town, this large yet somehow cozy restaurant just behind the cathedral specializes in locally sourced, melt-in-your-mouth steaks, flame-grilled before your eyes. Some s…
Fusion in Granada

El Tercer Ojo

Hip and lively, with silent movies projected on the wall at night, El Tercer Ojo (the Third Eye) is your go-to for sushi, Indian and Thai food. The expansive menu also features panini and salads, including several v…
Religious in Granada

Fiestas de Agosto

Granada celebrates the Assumption of Mary with fireworks, concerts in the park, bullfights (although it’s illegal to kill the bull in Nicaragua), horse parades and major revelry by the lakefront.
Nicaraguan in Granada

Café de las Sonrisas

Practice your international communication at this nonprofit cafe run by staff who are hearing-impaired. It has a picture-gram menu, sign charts and basic, hearty and wholesome Nicaraguan fare.